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Luxury villa near Ravello
Casa Ulysses, a private home set among a lushly terraced hillside is found off of the winding approach road leading up to Ravello in just under a mile. A terraced footpath behind the villa leads uphill to one of the Amalfi coast's most quaint villages. The walk is for those who enjoy a brisk hike.
From 900 feet above sea level, heavenly views over the sapphire blue Mediterranean are enjoyed from several perfectly placed outdoor patios and most of the rooms inside. With its own little lemon grove, flower filled paths and exquisitely manicured garden areas, this is a tropical oasis.
From the local parking area, a 150 yard pedestrian lane ends at Casa Ulysses' gated entry which leads down to this home's three terraced levels. They are reached from outdoor stairways set along both sides of the home with about 30 steps between each level - agility is necessary for this seaside retreat.
Casa Ulysses is made up of three independent suites entered from the outside. One suite is on the upper level with four bedrooms, and two suites are on the middle level with each one sleeping two guests. The lower or garden level is where everyone flocks to spend together time whether it's in the professionally equipped kitchen with an adjoining dining room, the covered dining patio with a barbecue grill or the inviting outdoor living room where at the touch of a button, transparent wall panels retract into a wood beamed ceiling transforming it into a breezy garden oasis.
A plunge pool set on a level above the villa is open from May through mid-October. There is also a hot tub on the grounds with usage charged a rate of 50 Euro for each six hour session.
The entire property is air conditioned and fully screened. Each bedroom comes with its own private bath richly decorated with local ceramic tiles. The upper level suite has a living/dining area and a kitchen. The smaller suites have kitchenettes and a sitting area.
Heating, air conditioning, luggage porter service, a hearty continental breakfast every morning, daily towel changes and a mid-week cleaning are all thoughtfully included in the price. At additional cost, guests may order home cooked meals served at the villa or more cleaning. To become better acquainted with nearby Ravello, your hosts offer a complimentary mid-morning visit to a Limoncello shop to taste lemon based liqueurs followed by a visit to their ceramics store to explain the craft and extend a discount on purchases.
Ravello, the most charming of the Amalfi coast villages offers unsurpassed sweeping sea views, fragrant cloistered gardens, an 11th century Duomo and a variety of dining and shopping choices. The town's bus stop has frequent service to Amalfi with connections to Positano and Sorrento. A ten minute drive leads to the coastal village of Minori and the ruins of Villa Romana, a 1st century Roman villa. Pretty Maiori with a small sandy beach or Amalfi with ferry service from June through October heading to Positano and Capri are 15 minutes away; Praiano and its hidden little beach coves: 25; Positano: 45; Sorrento or Pompeii: 60; Naples: 90.
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Upper level: From the parking, a 150 yard pedestrian walkway and 33 steps lead down to the upper level. Suite A: Entrance into living/dining room for four. Kitchen area with stove top, oven, fridge, US-Style coffee maker, and toaster. One sea view bedroom with an adjacent bathroom with shower. Three bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom; one has a furnished sea view balcony and the other two have doors leading to a furnished patio with sea views. A second living/dining room for four with a hideaway kitchen with a sink, two burners, microwave and minifridge.
Middle level: From the entry gate, there are 64 steps to reach Suite B: Independent entrance into a living room for two and hideaway kitchen. One sea view bedroom with an adjacent shower. Suite C: Independent entrance into a small foyer with a hideaway kitchen. One sea view bedroom. One bathroom. Outside the entrance is a small, sea view furnished patio and the walkway to the hot tub and outdoor shower area.
Lower level: From the entry gate, there are 90 steps to reach the lower level: Main dining room. One bathroom with washing machine. Main kitchen with five burner stove top, oven, second convection oven, double sink, fridge, dishwasher, ice maker, commercial espresso machine and doors to a covered, sea view patio furnished for outdoor dining. Barbecue area with grill and double sink. There is a permanently covered outdoor living room overlooking the sea with evening lighting and retractable Plexiglas walls.